My Scrapbooks Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-30

Author: kwaddell | Filed under: Site Information Monday May 30,2011

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New Wedding and Humming Bird Stationery Just Added

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery Friday May 27,2011

Hello Stationery and Journaling Friends,

A quick note to let you all know that I just added 1 new Wedding Stationery set in both 8.5×11 and A4 sizes.

I also just added 3 new Critters/Pets Humming Bird Stationery sets in both 8.5×11 and A4 sizes.

Head on over to or and download them now.

No signups and no hassles, just get the .dot template to use with MS Word, the .pdf version to print and hand write or use as custom pre-printed stationery or you can download the .jpg format and use as a background image in your favorite word processor, journaling software or even in your digital scrapbooking programs.

If you can’t find what you need, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll be happy to create or help you find the perfect stationery paper.

Wes Waddell and

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Teachers Using for Teaching Materials & Worksheets

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery, Site Information, Training Thursday May 26,2011

From: Mary

Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:28 PM
Subject: Usage permission request


Your site was recommended as a source for templates for teachers who create their own teaching materials.  The teachers post their worksheets (handouts/printables) online in order to exchange them by downloading them.

Your templates are perfect for creating beautiful worksheets, but I read in the terms of use that users may not distribute them. Would hosting the worksheets made with your templates for downloading be considered an infringement of your terms of use or would it be permissable?

Thanks in advance,

Mary Ziller

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My Scrapbooks Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-23

Author: kwaddell | Filed under: Site Information Monday May 23,2011

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Five Scrapbook Journaling Tips to the Rescue

Author: Wes | Filed under: Training Monday May 16,2011

Author: Wes Waddell


 Five Scrapbook Journaling Tips to the Rescue


In the world of scrapbooks, journaling is the one step that gets talked about the least, but really can have the biggest impact on not only the looks and feel of your scrapbook page, but on how well it really captures the memories of that moment.  You’ve heard it a million times… “a picture is worth a 1000 words.” Yes that’s true! But, what 1000 words it says totally depends on the context in which the image is perceived.

My best example comes from my granddaughter when she was about 5 years old. She was taking pictures with our camera and several of the images were partially obscured by her finger.  No, it didn’t ruin the shot because my journaling told the story of a five year old taking her fist pictures of her new baby sister.  It totally changed what 1000 words the half blurred images of a new baby were telling us. It captured the treasured memory like no clear photo could have.

Context is everything! On your scrapbook page, your titles and journaling are the props that set the mood, get everyone on the same page and place the viewer/reader in just the right spot to hear the story that the images on the scrap page are telling us.

Journaling is a very important step and here are five tips that just may rescue you when you are at a loss of where to start.

Journaling Tip #1:  If in doubt about what story to tell, ask your kids, family members or any1 else that was there when the photos were taken.  Ask questions about their memories, feelings, smells, tastes, etc. Get them to answer in their own writing if you can so the journaling itself becomes a part of the memory keepsake. 

Even if you are digitally scrapbooking, you can scan or take a digital photo of the journaling note to insert into the scrapbook page. 

Journaling Tip #2:  When you journal about a special picture you took of someone close to you, don’t forget to write what your heart felt like at that moment.  Don’t be afraid to capture not only your smiles, but your happy tears and feelings of real wonder.  Everyone is a miracle in time and space… don’t hesitate to capture those feelings.

Journaling Tip #3:  The stories you find yourself telling your kids and family over & over…  those are the ones to preserve in your scrapbook pages.  Try putting the story down on paper or on the computer first, then fill it in with your images and embellishments. Again, journaling can sometimes be the most important part of your scrapbooks. Sometimes it’s the images that come last and only then to enhance the words of the story.

Journaling Tip #4:  Continuing with our last tip, sometimes you need to start your scrapbooking page with your journaling first, then adjusting the size of your photos to fit the pages story, not the other way around.

Journaling Tip #5:  Taking advantage of Social Media in your scrapbooks.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep a notebook or actual memory journal handy, especially when you travel.  On the other hand, smart phones and social media have interwoven themselves into our daily lives and we Tweet and send short messages to Facebook or Foursquare all the time while we travel.  You can take advantage of that and use your Facebook and/or Twitter updates you posted during your vacations to tell the travel scrapbook story when you return.

If you also posted some of your photos, you can even use the comments from others as journaling notes in the finished book.

Since tip #3 and #4 were kind of on the same track, here’s one more to round things off.

Journaling Tip #6:  Most people are used to gathering info on the 5 “W’s” (Who, What, When, Where, Why), the problem is that you are not telling a tax story to the IRS, you are capturing your life’s most treasured memories.  For your scrapbooks, try to remember your feelings, the scent in the air, how you felt emotionally and yes, even the temperature it was.  The photos will tell the obvious, it’s your job to journal the UNobvious!  That’s where the real memories are kept.

Just remember, journaling is the way we set the mood, bring our viewers into the scene and put them in just the right place at just the right time to feel the original memory you have captured on the scrapbook page.  Don’t let your scrapbook pages tell a story without the feelings and emotions of the captured moment being a large part of it. and

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My Scrapbooks Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-16

Author: kwaddell | Filed under: Site Information Monday May 16,2011

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